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Challenging students in further education: Themes arising from a study of innovative FE provision for excluded and disaffected young people

Attwood, Gaynor; Croll, Paul; Hamilton, Jane

Authors

Paul Croll

Jane Hamilton



Abstract

The paper draws on a research project on innovative provision in an FE college for excluded and disaffected young people. The college offers places on vocational courses to students who are still of compulsory school age who have been excluded by or have persistently failed to attend or achieve in school. One set of themes to emerge relates to the experiences of the students: the role of personal relationships and, especially, relationships with teachers, in the breakdown of school placements; the importance both of good relationships with tutors, often expressed as ‘being treated like an adult’, and of a vocational and practical curriculum in successful re-engagement at college; and positive but highly instrumental and employment related attitudes to education. Another set of themes relates to the practical and organisational difficulties and the way that a lack of flexibility in 14–19 provision, especially while students are still of compulsory school age, creates difficulties for programmes of this kind. Finally the paper considers the tensions between pressures for accountability and outcome-driven measures and the aims of increasing participation and using education to address issues of social inclusion. © 2004 NATFHE.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Journal of Further and Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-877X
Electronic ISSN 1469-9486
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 107-119
APA6 Citation Attwood, G., Croll, P., & Hamilton, J. (2004). Challenging students in further education: Themes arising from a study of innovative FE provision for excluded and disaffected young people. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 28(1), 107-119. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877032000161850
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877032000161850
Keywords students, further education, excluded and disaffected young people
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877032000161850
Additional Information Additional Information : This paper draws on a project funded by the Lifelong Learning Foundation. The paper demonstrates the relevance of rigorous empirical investigation for policy development in the further education sector. Outcomes had clear impact in regard to the contribution they made to an Ofsted inspection in the case study college. Attwood was responsible for 60%.
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